February 12, 2015


"The dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead, called 'Histories', rest in the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper is dangerous and a constant reminder of those she lost, Da and her little brother. Mac wonders about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. Yet someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall" - goodreads.com

The Archived follows a young girl named Mackenzie "Mac" who is a keeper for the Archive. She hunts the narrows for Histories that have woken up. After her family moves to a new location to 'escape' from the pain of losing her younger brother Ben, things start to change. Mac uses her unusual ability to read surfaces and people to see memories, history, and things she shouldn't know. This can cause a lot of problems for her, especially when she sees a murder that took place in her new apartment 60 years ago. From that point on everything starts to fall apart, questions pile up, and soon she doesn't know who she can trust. 

I loved Victoria's writing, it was very fast paced and very detailed. I didn't have any problem imagining the settings, or the people that Mac met along the way. I did have problems connecting with the main character, but I did enjoy the relationship she builds with Wesley. Wesley quickly became my favourite character. The first half of the book was sort of slow moving as they were building up the story and explaining exactly what Mac was and how she got her job. I was confused in the first couple chapters but it gets cleared up quite quickly and the pace picks up less then half way through. I finished this book quite fast which, to my amazement.

If you like books that are out of the ordinary, that have lots of secrets, and intense characters then I suggest you give this book a try. I enjoyed it and look forward to starting the next one - The Unbound.

Favourite Quotes

"but the one time I offered you water, you growled that water wouldn't fix a damn thing unless I meant to drown you with it"

"You know, the thing about a book like this is that it's meant to be heard, not read."

5 out of 5!!

Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say "tom-ah-toes," "like," and "y'all."

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems. - goodreads.com


  1. This is the book that I've been looking for! It's a fresh change from what I usually read. So glad that I found this.
    Azee @ UnderCover Critique

    1. I adore Victora's writing, I can't wait to pick up more by her!